I’ve always loved the energy and enthusiasm Americans have for Super Bowl Sunday.

They make an entire day of enjoying the big game, with food, parties and celebrations. 

However I have to confess I’ve never watched a game, let alone figured out how you play it, therefore it was with great excitement that I went along to cheer on kids at the NFL Flag Summer Bowl 2018, presented by Subway®, in London to find out what the fuss is all about.

Six professional NFL players travelled across the pond to join 1,000 school kids in a non-contact national final of the game.

The positivity and energy among the boys and girls taking part in this tournament was fantastic, and actually made me a bit jealous! 

Sport when I was at school involved hockey, netball and rounders. Girls didn’t play football, cricket or rugby and apart from the odd trip to the local pool, that was as diverse as our physical education got. 

Although all of these sports were great fun, I wish I had the chance to try out more sports when I was younger, and trying out something as exciting as American football would have been brilliant.  

Me and Jacksonville Jaguars player Josh Lambo

I may not be able to pass on any sporty skills to my two daughters (though I can manage a good game of catch and just about kick a ball), but I want them to try out as many new activities as possible. It’s this that will help them discover what they are passionate about, and to just have fun. Even though she’s only three, my eldest already has an amazing aim and I reckon she would be a brilliant American football player! 

American football is the fastest growing sport in the UK, so it looks likely that they will get a chance to give it a go during their time at school. 

The NFL Flag programme, in partnership with Subway®, has created a fantastic curriculum to bring the sport to more schools. 

Of course the professional NFL players get quite hands on with their opponents but this non-contact version has no tackling. 

It involves grabbing a strip of material from players on your opposing team instead of tackling them for the ball. Otherwise the rules are much the same as American football.

So there’s no scrums, just lots of running, passing, throwing and touch down celebrations. 

I was so inspired by this programme that NFL has brought over to the UK. The children – who came from all over the country to compete – were clearly huge fans of the sport and were thrilled to meet some of their NFL heroes.

Excited children from across the country get ready to play at the Summer Bowl 2018

The players came along to inspire their young fans and spent a lot of time signing sports shirts and chatting with the children about the sport. 

There was so much enthusiasm among the kids on the day and I loved watching how much fun the kids were clearly having. 

Now there’s a chance for you to get your children involved in the sport. Subway® is sponsoring the NFL Flag programme to bring the programme to more schools around the UK for kids aged 8 to 11. The goal is to get more kids playing the sport, as well as teach young people other valuable information such as maintaining a good diet, the importance of respect, integrity and responsibility. 

More than 10,000 kids have already taken part in the NFL Flag programme, presented by Subway®, so far and there are plans to roll the scheme out to even more schools.

All you need to do is register your school’s interest by filling in the online form at this link.

NFL Flag presented by Subway® involves a six to 12 week curriculum for the school to teach the sport and values promoted by the NFL.

Subway® always has great offers on, so be sure to check out their Kids Pak in stores now and an NFL themed Kids Pak coming in September!

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